But here’s the good news: quitting before age 40 erases most of the risk of early death. The risk of stroke and heart disease drop quickly after you stop smoking. (The risk of cancers drops more slowly.) Even if you are older than 40, you can still gain back some years. Quitting by age 50 buys back about 6 years, and quitting by age 60 about 4 years of the decade you’d lose if you didn’t quit.
We know there’s good news about menopause and aging, too, if you quit. You may be able to delay the onset of menopause, since smokers reach menopause earlier, and quitting may also decrease your hot flashes. And if you quit, you will have fewer wrinkles, age spots, and less sagging than your smoking sisters the same age.
Change your mind and body
Remember that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes with varied packaging. Having a healthy body image starts with positive thinking and continues with healthy lifestyle choices. So start off 2013 with these key healthy habits:
Change your future
We all need to be proactive in taking care of our health. One way to do that is to assess our own risk for common health issues related to aging and menopause. Here are two simple tests that can help make this effort a priority:
Change your change
Attitude can have a tremendous impact on your menopause transition and on your resilience to ordinary setbacks, too. For instance, the more negative a woman’s thoughts about hot flashes, the more intense they may seem.
It has been shown that changing thoughts and attitudes may reduce symptoms. Even in the face of difficult symptoms, women consistently say that changing their outlook helps. Here are some ways to make your menopause experience more positive.
Grapefruit contains natural chemicals that alter how the body processes certain medications, so that you can end up with much higher levels of a drug than intended. For some drugs, higher levels can lead to inadequate breathing and dangerous increases in heart rhythm. You can learn more about how grapefruit affects your medicines from the FDA.
If you are taking any medications by mouth, check the list to see if you should avoid grapefruit. Be safe!
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